Plugable 7-Port USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Hub with 25W Power Adapter and Two Ports with BC 1.2 Charging Support for Android, Apple iOS, and Windows Mobile Devices
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- Expand USB connectivity by adding up to seven USB 3.0, 2.0, or 1.1 devices to any USB 2.0 or 3.0 capable computer. Fully plug and play, devices can be hot-plugged, supports USB over-current protection. (see in the description below for more information on smart charging abilities) (US AC Wall Outlet Plug, 100-240V 50/60Hz)
- Compatible with most Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, Mac OS X, and Linux / Unix systems. On Microsoft Windows systems the latest manufacturer USB 3.0 host controller drivers and Windows Updates need to be installed to ensure compatibility. Apple Mac OS X and Linux / Unix systems require latest operating system updates for best compatibility.
- Apple notes: Some devices such as the Apple SuperDrive look for Apple-specific signaling and will not work when connected through any USB hub. Not recommended for use with USB 3.0 PCI-e add-on cards for older Mac Pro systems because of limitations in their software support for USB 3.0 hubs.
- Hub supports the USB Battery Charging 1.2 Standard (BC 1.2) for unique charge and data sync functionality that most hubs do not have. See in the description below for more information. Charge and sync only works with BC 1.2 compatible devices such as the Apple iPhone and iPad (Apple 30 pin dock connector iPads will not charge), plus various Android and Windows devices are also supported. Not all devices support BC 1.2 charge and sync functionality.
- Supports USB 3.0 transfer rates up to 5Gbps (640MBps). Transfer rates are device and USB host controller dependent. Backwards compatible with all USB 2.0/1.1 devices and hosts. Sleek piano black UV protected glossy finish. All 7 ports on one side to minimize cable clutter and maximize accessibility. 7 blue status LEDs, one per USB port.
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[Upgraded Version] Anker USB 3.0 SuperSpeed 10-Port Hub Including a BC 1.2 Charging Port with 60W (12V / 5A) Power Adapter [VIA VL812-B2 Chipset and updated Firmware 9081] AH231 B005NGQWL2
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|Color||Black||Information not provided||Black||Information not provided|
|Dimensions||1 inches x 7 inches x 2.75 inches||0.91 inches x 5.71 inches x 1.73 inches||0.91 inches x 4.29 inches x 1.73 inches||0.91 inches x 1.73 inches x 5.71 inches|
|Item Package Weight||1.3 pounds||1.35 pounds||0.9 pounds||1.21 pounds|
|Number Of Ports||7||10||7||9|
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Plugable's Mainstream USB 3.0 Hub
The Plugable USB3-HUB7-81X expands USB connectivity by enabling up to seven USB 3.0 or 2.0 devices to be added to any USB 3.0 or 2.0 capable desktop, laptop, or tablet computer. The hub supports USB 3.0 transfer rates up to 5Gbps (640MBps) to allow data to move quickly between devices, ideal for high-throughput devices such as USB external hard drives, flash drives, and USB graphics adapters.
A port for everything
USB has become more than a way of connecting devices to a computer with plug and play ease and high performance, it has also become the method of choice to power and charge a huge range of portable battery-powered devices like cell phones, tablets, USB battery packs, handheld game consoles, e-readers, e-cigarettes, cameras, smart watches, fitness trackers, bicycle lights, and many more.
Some of those mobile devices have adopted proprietary mechanisms to draw more power than USB was originally designed to allow which has caused confusion about charging but is now being solved by the USB-IF (USB Implementers’ Forum) Battery Charging (BC 1.2) standard.
It's not just a hub, it's also a 2-port charger
When a BC 1.2 compliant device is attached to one of the two edge ports it can charge at a faster rate (up to 1.5A vs 500mA of a standard port).
Both charge-and-sync CDP (Charging Downstream Port) and charge-only DCP (Dedicated Charging Port) modes are supported along with support for other proprietary charging signals (Apple 1A, 2A, 2.4A, and Samsung 2.4A) when being used as a stand-alone charger, with no host computer attached, if the attached device also supports these modes.
Technical specifications & compatibility
The HUB7-81X features two internal VIA Labs VL812 B2 USB 3.0 hub chipsets with the latest 9095 firmware for maximum forward and backwards compatibility between nearly all USB 3.0, 2.0, and 1.1 hosts and devices.
The VIA Labs VL812 B2 USB 3.0 hub chipset is a 3rd generation solution which emphasizes high performance and high power efficiency.
Included with the HUB7-81X is a robust 25W (5V, 5A) UL certified power adapter with a removable 6 foot power cable (standard IEC320 C7) that fits US, Canadian, and Japanese AC wall outlets. In addition the power supply supports 100-240V at 50/60Hz. With an AC outlet adapter (not included) it can be used worldwide. Also included is a 3 foot/1m USB 3.0 A to B cable to connect the hub to the host computer.
We love our Plugable products and hope you will too. All of our products are backed with a 1-year limited parts and labor warranty and Seattle-based email support.
Top Customer Reviews
The Plugable 7 Port USB 3.0 Hub with 4A Power Adapter is a solid solution to this issue, and because it's fully USB 2.0 compatible, it offers an excellent upgrade path for those who are not yet using the USB 3.0 standard. Many USB 3.0 cables are shorter to support faster 5Gbps specification, so this hub allows closer placement to your PC or Mac.
+ Has 7 USB 3.0 ports; backward compatible to USB 2.0/1.1 standards
+ 5Gbps data transfer; up to 10 times that of USB 2.0
+ Excellent laptop-style power supply; rated at 5V-4A
+ Separate 2-prong power cord; doesn't waste wall space
+ Charges some USB devices when computer power is off
+ Has 7 blue LEDs; illuminate only when USB port is active
+ Full OS support; Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, others
- Could use an on/off switch, but not critical
- Needs four stick-on rubber feet so it doesn't slide on desktop
This 7-port USB hub comes in a neatly partitioned cardboard box, and it's easy to open. Inside you'll find the Plugable 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub, which measures about 6¾" x 2¾" x 1" and weighs under 6½ ounces. It comes with a hefty USB 3.0 type B cable that's 40" long, and has a standard male USB plug on the end to plug into the computer, and the other end plugs into the hub itself.Read more ›
At around $35 each that's only $100 a year. What a bargain. (That is, if your dumb enough to buy a second one.)
UPDATE After I wrote this review I discovered that one of the ports on this device had shorted out. When I separated the wires causing this, the product began working again, minus the damaged port. In the meantime, the company contacted me and offered to replace the device once I explained what I had found. They did this very quickly, and even thanked ME. So I think anyone who buys this can rest assured that should any problem occur, the company stands behind its products 100% and will bend over backwards to fix it.
I am not a techie but I will explain the product. First, you require a 3.0 USB port on your computer. Plug the hub into your computer and you now have (7) 3.0 ports for about $5 each. Just about any device which requires 2.0 or 3.0 will run on these ports without interfering with any other device. Also, contrary to a desktop it provides greater convenience for plugging and unplugging devices when not using them..
This hub is powered, meaning it must also be plugged into 110 AC. I have found that the advantage to that is it supplies a stronger power source than my computer. I have a device that will not run on a 6' cord between the device and computer, but it will run on the same six foot cord between the Plugable and the device. So all in all I vote for it. Because this is an update, Amazon is not letting me change the stars but I would give it 4.
But after I flashed to latest firmware all happy. ( had to borrow a friends USB 3.0 windows lappy ).
I now have a dozen USB 3.0 devices hanging of my mac, and super speedy.
( I am also using the 2xpluagble USB 3.0 displaylink adapters http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007L6NYAO/ and 2x apple thunderbolt displays, for extra displays )
Re-flashing can only be done on windows.
Some of you who may have concerns about hubs might enjoy reading the discussions between Mr. Anhnhat Tran and me as to why he originally gave his one star review, but then changed it to five stars . Towards the end of our discussions I give information about hubs, from Plugable, you might find interesting. See: "Was not designed for external USB hard drives," November 18, 2012, by: Anhnhat Tran (in the comment's area).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Incorrect interface cable came with this so I had to order that separately. Cheaply made. Better options on the market.Published 11 hours ago by Amazon Customer
This is the 3rd one of these I have bought. I really like the company and particularly this product as I have had no power, driver or other issues that can plague USB hubs however... Read morePublished 1 day ago by H. Smith
Works great. Very helpful support staff. I needed support to figure out the problems with a Gigabyte motherboard using an unqualified part and another hub that would occasionally... Read morePublished 2 days ago by BruceK
Great product for usb add on ports when you need to use powered external hardware. I have external blu ray dvd ,2 _4 tb harddrives, headset, plugged into. All work great.Published 3 days ago by William M.
I am giving this item 5 stars, because I cant put my finger on why I dont like it. It perfoms perfectly well, and there is nothing wrong with it, but somehow it feels cheap to me. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Not Elvis
Product works as advertised and provides power for all connected devices.Published 4 days ago by Sarge
I have been upgrading to USB 3.0 throughout my company and had problems with several hubs interfering with my Logitech unified device for keyboards and mice. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Mike Terry
This thing is great. It literally fixed all my problems with my current set up. I had been having some issues with my wireless USB mouse and keyboard where they would randomly... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Wendy